With the crop progress report out of the way, can grain prices hold their ground?
In the overnight session the grains traded mixed with corn down 2 cents, soybeans up 1 ¾ cents and wheat down 4 ¼ cents. The U.S. Dollar is lower by 1/5th of a percent and crude oil is up 14 cents this morning. This morning the USDA reported 110,000 metric ton sale of U.S. soybeans to unknown destinations.
The crop conditions report was released after the market closed on Monday and showed that corn and soybeans rated good-to-excellent was left unchanged at 69 percent and 62 percent respectively. Corn did show an increase in the excellent column by 2 percent which was offset by a 2 percent decline in the good column. Analysts were expecting to see corn ratings unchanged and soybeans conditions to decline from last week. In the state crop progress reports both Indiana and Ohio described some of the recently harvested wheat crop as being of very low quality with low test weights, high vomitoxin levels and high moisture content.
Export inspections showed that corn, soybeans and wheat all beat analyst expectations. In the report released on Monday corn showed 1,161,000 metric tons were inspected for export, above expectations which ranged from only 600,000-900,000 metric tons. Soybeans reported 306,000 metric tons compared to expectations of 110,000-215,000 metric tons and wheat reported 489,000 metric tons inspected for export. All three crops showed significant improvement over last week’s inspection numbers.
Egypt’s GASC was offered wheat from Russia, France, Ukraine and Romania in a tender for 55,000-60,000 metric tons of wheat that was issued yesterday. No wheat was offered from the U.S. and Russian wheat was the most competitive at $193.75 a metric ton.
The grains slipped lower in the overnight trade session with crop conditions expected to be unchanged for corn and weather clearing for the eastern grain belt over the next 10 days.
In the overnight session the grains traded lower with corn down 8 ¾ cents, soybeans down 12 ¾ cents and wheat in Chicago down 10 ¼ cents. The U.S. dollar is trading a fraction of a percent higher and crude oil is unchanged on the day. This morning the Taiwan Flour miller’s Association issued a tender for 104,350 metric tons of wheat to be purchased from the United States.
Crop conditions will be released out at 3 PM CST today, with expectations of corn conditions to be unchanged at 69 percent rated good to excellent and soybean conditions to decline slightly from 62 percent rated good to excellent last week. Weather looks to clear up for the eastern grain belt for the next 10 days providing some relief from saturated fields which have hindered yield prospects. Temperatures have also moderated throughout the Midwest with highs in the 80’s throughout most of the Midwest today. Another heat event is expected later this week which is expected to be mainly located in Kansas and into the Delta.
New crop corn sales have been behind the average pace for this time of the year. As of last week cumulative outstanding export sales for soybeans delivered in 15/16 totaled to 6,851,276 metric tons, compared to a three year average of 12,034,663 metric tons. New crop corn sales are also behind the average pace with only 3,543,127 metric tons of new crop corn sold, which is only 55 percent of the four year average. The strong dollar and sharp rally in futures prices has many new crop grain buyers sitting on the side line for the time being.
Strategy Grains cut their EU forecast last Thursday after heat and dry weather damaged crop production prospects. Strategy Grains lowered their corn forecast to 66.7 million metric tons down .7 MMT from the June forecast.
The grains popped in the overnight session Thursday morning.
In the overnight session the grains are trading higher with December corn up 6 3/4 cents, November soybeans up 8 3/4 cents and wheat in Chicago up 4 cents. The U.S dollar is trading up nearly ½ a percent and crude oil is up 26 cents this morning.
Old crop export sales showed weekly declines for both corn and wheat. In the weekly sales report wheat booked 291,500 metric tons which was a 16% decline from the previous week. Corn sales were a marketing year low, declining 38 percent from the previous week with 331,100 metric tons sold. Soybeans showed positive sales with 45,500 metric tons booked which is expected considering the time of year. New crop sales were strong for soybeans booking 507,000 metric tons for 15/16 delivery. New crop corn sales were also strong with 325,100 metric tons sold, up from only 149,010 metric tons sold last week.
Yesterday’s ethanol production numbers from the EIA showed production has fallen 3,000 barrels per day week over week to a total of 984,000 barrels per day. Although this was a slight decline from last week it was better than expected and is 41 million barrels per day ahead the same week last year and 106 million barrels per day ahead of the moving average. Ethanol stocks also fell 101,000 barrels to 19.74 million barrels this week.
June NOPA crush numbers were higher than expected with 142.473 million bushels crushed in the month of June. This beat the average guess of 141.478 million bushels and is up substantially from last year’s June crush number of 123.117 mbu. Soyoil stocks were reported at 1.574 billion pounds.
With the weather clearing up for the grains and resistance in the charts, can corn and soybeans continue their move higher?
In the overnight session the grains traded lower with corn down 2 3/4 cents soybeans down 5 3/4 cents and wheat down 7 cents this morning. The U.S dollar is up a 1/4 of a percent and crude oil is down 35 cents this morning. China’s stock market turned lower in the second half of Wednesday’s trading session closing 3 percent lower. China’s selling pressure in the equities could have a negative impact on soybeans this morning.
Weather over the next 8-10 days is looking to provide drier conditions for the corn crop throughout the Midwest providing Missouri and the eastern grain belt a break from the heavy rains that have saturated soils and damaged yield potential throughout the east. With the weather turning positive for crop development, and crop ratings unchanged in the latest crop progress report, the grains may give back some of the recent price gains. Producers should seriously consider some sort of price protection at this juncture. Give the office a call at 877-472-4607 if you have questions about your situation.
The charts are also raising a warning flag for corn in particular. December corn reached a critical resistance level of $4.54 yesterday which was near a previous low set back in January and again in June of 2014. That price level which acted as support in 2014 acted as strong resistance on Tuesday. Furthermore, the 100 period moving average on the weekly chart is currently at $4.40, and could also provide some resistance to any attempted move higher. With the weather turning positive and the charts showing clear resistance around these levels we are concerned that prices could come under pressure over the next few weeks.
Grains recovered some of their losses overnight as traders await the latest USDA crop supply and demand forecasts released later this morning at 11 am CDT. In outside markets, crude oil rallied above the pivotal $50 a barrel mark for the first time since July, while S&P futures were up...